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Wedding, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies, Anniversaries
Institute of Civil Funerals
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Bristol | August 2019
YES!! I would recommend. Helen is so charismatic and brings a real uniqueness to the ceremony. We loved our wedding ceremony and so did our guests. It was beautiful and so personal. How lovely that over 130 guests got the chance to interact with us firstly during our hand hasting. Best part about it is we have a lovely keep sake in the form of a willow hoop and ribbon to remind us of that joyous day. The next ceremony I intend to host a naming ceremony. Will DEFINITELY come back to Helen for this
National Botanic Gardens of Wales | October 2019
Helen, what can I say?
You truly made our day the special, unique, and personal.
Firing the registrar and finding you was a miracle, I couldn’t imagine the day being any other way, we both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for creating such a wonderful and heartfelt ceremony. I can’t think of one thing I’d change, and I am going to get everyone to use celebrants from now on haha.
Sincerely we all thank you and I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours, you truly are an amazing woman and a beautiful soul! ❤️
Thanks so much, it was a fabulous day!
Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby | October 2019
Helen saved the day recently for myself and my new husband. The hotel where we had booked our wedding no longer had their license and it seemed like everything had gone wrong. Then we spoke to Helen who arranged to perform a ceremony for us and it was brilliant. Helen understood what we wanted from the day and created a personalised experience for us that was better that what was initially planned. A lot of family members at the ceremony commented on how special it was and how much they enjoyed it. Thank you Helen for not only rescuing our day but also creating a magical experience for us.
Thanks so much Sophie! I loved your family and friends, and was delighted to be there with you all, particularly as many had travelled quite a distance to join us.
I'm so glad you had such a good day after the roller-coaster ride of reaching it!
Oldwalls Gower, Swansea | December 2018
We chose to have a wedding unique to us and that’s exactly what Helen delivered.
Helen was recommended to us by someone during our wedding planning at Oldwalls so I thought I’d give her a call to get more info. From the moment Helen answered the phone I felt like we clicked and knew immediately that we had to have her. She was so kind and I felt as if I already knew her, so needless to say the planning of our ceremony felt so effortless. Helen knew immediately what we wanted and was always available to chat or a coffee to and bat around ideas and help with any worries around the day. She made us feel so at ease with everything and weddings can be extremely daunting!
We are so happy we met Helen as we were able to have the personal ceremony we had dreamt of. All of our family members and friends have commented on how beautifully Helen delivered our ceremony and how it’s the most personal wedding they have ever been to.
Do not look any further if you are looking for something personal and unique to you, give Helen a call or message, you will not regret it! If anything you’ll leave with a new and wonderful friend ❤️
Thank you so much Livia! Planning you wedding was great fun from the start (even if I sometimes wondered whether your emails had failed!!). You're a gorgeous couple in every way, and I look forward to keeping in touch in the future x
St Pierre Hotel and Country Club, Chepstow | December 2018
Helen from day one was incredible, she totally got us a couple and our vision for the day. She made us a truly unique ceremony that had our guests crying with laughter and happiness. Nothing was too much trouble and the compliments we had afterwards on how people respected us for doing it ‘our way’. I would highly recommend using Helen if you want to have control of your day and truly have the ceremony of your dreams. My dad had already said ‘when it’s my time to go, I want Helen back’
Aww..I LOVE your Dad!! Didn't he scrub up well??
Llanelli Crematorium | November 2018
My Celebrant Helen Williams was absolutely amazing from start to finish. celebrating the life of my partner with great dignity and feeling . Those present on this day were overawed of such a beautiful ceremony. Comments from family and friends could not sufficiently praise the beautiful service and the way it was carried out . Thank you so very much.
Thank you to Jill for this testimonial, sent to the organisation "Institute of Civil Funerals", of which I'm a member. They constantly check the quality of their members' work, giving confidence when we are booked through a funeral director or privately that we will be of an excellent standard.
Otterburn, Northumberland | February 2018
We can't recommend Helen enough. We wanted something unique for our wedding and she gave us just that. Not only is Helen kind, patient, and warm, but also funny, creative, and full of joy - all of which came through during our ceremony. She helped us develop our ideas into a ceremony that felt true to us as a couple and genuinely reflected the love felt in the room. Helen's generosity and natural ability to connect with those around her make her an ideal celebrant. We are so thankful that we chose Helen to guide us the through the best day of our lives. Our guests are still talking about it!
Thanks so much Jaclyn! It was fantastic to be asked to be your celebrant. I'll never forget the day, and will be talking about it for quite some time myself! xx
Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire | October 2017
We feel so blessed to have had Helen as our celebrant for our wedding this past October. Helen was so generous with her time leading up to the wedding which enabled us to plan the perfect ceremony from afar. As we live in Canada the difference in timezone could have been an issue but Helen went out of her way to accommodate our schedule - even meeting with us over skype late at night! She helped guide us to our perfect ceremony, which was simple but really spoke to us as a couple. All of our guests raved about the ceremony. Friends of ours even said that they hope to find someone as good as Helen to officiate their upcoming wedding! We couldn't be happier with our decision to have Helen as our celebrant. She was wonderful and we are so grateful to have had her lead us through the most important day of our lives!
Thank you so much! This was a very emotional day for me as well. I shall never forget it.
Swansea | November 2017
Dear Helen, On behalf of myself and my family may I thank you very much for the way you helped to steer us through a difficult time at Rhian’s funeral on Friday.
Given the many events of Rhian’s life, some of which are on the dark side, I must admit I was quite intrigued as to how you would weave it all together in a celebratory way.
But I needn’t have worried as you conducted a brilliant service, which was clear , concise and befitting of the occasion and all achieved in that narrow time frame that we talked about!
I was personally overwhelmed at the crematorium by the many kind words and tributes paved by Rhian’s friends and associates, and your service certainly reflected Rhian’s life in the way they would remember her best. Does that make sense? It does to me anyway.
Once again, many warm thanks for your sterling efforts, Helen, good luck and good health.
Hi Andy, that's so kind, do you mind if I share it? If I do, I can take the names out, or change them if you prefer.
I must say, helping you and the family at this time was very rewarding, I'm so glad we came across each other and hope our paths cross again in more cheerful times
Gellifawr Woodland Retreat | October 2017
Brendan & I first met Helen over Skype as we live in Australia, we were having two weddings and Helen had agreed to be our celebrant for our Welsh wedding. Not your normal setup but Helen was very understanding of our situation and did anything she could be make it and easy process for us. The service and words she wrote for us were just beautiful and made us so glad that we had chosen to redo our wedding for all our UK friends and family. Can't recommend Helen highly enough, lovely ceremony & fantastic lady.
Thank you Sarah and Brendan. I was delighted to be asked to officiate for you at one of my favourite places, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. I'm so glad you were pleased with the second half of your "wedding of two halves"!
Usk Natural Burial Ground | February 2017
I just wanted to write a short note to thank you for everything you did yesterday and those days before.
I was floundering somewhat before we met at Starbucks and having your experience and calm just helped me to focus on the task and send Kathy away in celebration of her life, not mourning at her death
Morriston Crematorium | July 2017
I wanted to thank you for helping us celebrate my Dad’s life last Wednesday. I have been inundated with positive comments from family and friends about how much they enjoyed the tribute to him. When you visited us a few days before it was immediately clear that we had made the perfect choice in which to say goodbye to my father.
Once again many thanks and all the very best for the future.
Gareth and family.
I just wanted to thank you so much for being the celebrant at my father’s funeral yesterday. I know that Gareth had every confidence in you after you met him last week and it was well-founded. I really wanted to meet you with him but it just could not be.
I so appreciate the thought and effort that you put into the eulogy and the calm and sensitive way that you delivered it. I particularly liked the Dryden that you added in. My father would have been particularly pleased that a woman was the celebrant- he had very clear views about equality too.
Once again, thank you very much
Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn | March 2015
Helen was the celebrant for my daughters naming day and all I can say is wow!! I could not have asked for a more perfect celebration for my little princess. Helen was warm friendly and professional and in a short space of time learnt the little things that are unique to my family. She conducted the ceremony in a manner that allowed us to feel relaxed and comfortable and reflected us so well. All our guests commented on what a beautiful day it was and how lovely the ceremony was. I am so grateful to have met Helen and been able to give my daughter the perfect naming day. I 100% recommend this lovely lady to be the celebrant of your occasion she is amazing at what she does xxx
Haverfordwest marquee | September 2015
We chose treasured ceremonies because we wanted to involve all our wedding guests in the ceremony but the place we originally wanted to get married wouldn’t cater for over 100 people. That’s when we met Helen and she made the process of the ceremony easy from start to finish. The ceremony was beautiful and all of the little touches such as lighting candles for those no longer with us to pouring sand to show that we had become a family was perfect. We were very grateful and out of this world delighted with the service. We couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better for our special day. Every single detail was covered and every single little thing we requested, Helen accommodated us. When Helen first said you can get married anywhere I didn’t believe her but with Helen and treasured ceremonies anywhere does actually mean anywhere. Thank you very much Helen
Preseli garden | August 2017
Well … what an amazing day! Thank you so much, you were an absolute star! I don’t think it could have gone much better really, it was everything we wanted and more.You got the tone and the mood spot on … just the right balance of ceremony and celebration, order and chaos, control and anarchy … just as it should have been!
Beach, Ceredigion | October 2016
It’s been 4 weeks since our wedding, it’s flown by! Helen was the celebrant at our ceremony and it was perfect! We got on so well with her right from first contact , she seemed to ‘get us’ straight away! We didn’t want anything religious at our wedding and wanted it all about us not a script that is used over and over with just a change of names … Helen wrote our script full of humour love emotion and it was everything we could have hoped for! We added in sand pouring and hand fasting and the whole ceremony was just so awesome we still talk about it now with laughter and such happy fond memories. We highly recommend Helen for any family occasion needing a focal point, structure and someone to pull you all together without religion overshadowing the love you have to share with family and friends . Make your day about you!!
Parent's home, Dinas | July 2017
Thank you Helen for being our wedding celebrant. We felt really relaxed and comfortable with you from our first meeting, and you really built our ceremony around us. The ceremony really reflected us and was delivered with sentiment, humour and emotion. We also really loved the hand-tying ceremony at the end, it added an ‘official’ feel to the proceedings, in some ways more so than the exchanging of rings. So many of our guests commented that the hand-tying really stood out for them. We had such a memorable day, and you were a big part of that Helen. Wish we could do it all again!
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I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s written on the page. As long as you're not looking for "stiff and formal", I can adapt my style to suit yours. If you're in my area of West Wales I shall have the advantage of knowing something about where you're marrying and can bring it into the ceremony. I'll travel wherever you'd like me to, however!
The (gorgeous!) video I've embedded is of a wedding held in Pembrokeshire. This couple wanted a very simple, romantic wedding, so that's what they got. Keep watching until after the very cute guitar playing scene to hear extracts from the wedding itself. The video was created by Tu Nguyen.